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Fire & Heist

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,232 ratings  ·  625 reviews
Leading your first heist is a major milestone in Sky Hawkin’s family—even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated—especially when you’re a wyvern, a human capable of transforming into a dragon.
Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky’s
Hardcover, Fairyloot edition, 290 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Joanna were-dragons = people that can shift into dragons... it has been done before. Seraphina and Firelight are just a few.
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Emily May
May 15, 2018 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult

I was gonna say "you had me at 'heist'" but then I read "were-dragons" and now I'm not so sure I was completely had before...

You can wish (and hope and pray and chant under the moon) for this on Netgalley:

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Well shit! I enjoyed the hell outta this book! 😉

Happy Reading!

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Elle (ellexamines)
This has been receiving somewhat middling reviews and I understand why - it's a book that sort of reads like a sendup of fantasy tropes and sort of reads like a book leaning into those tropes, and can’t quite figure out where it’s going. I, however, really enjoyed my experience reading this, and sped through it quickly.

So let's just sum it up - this will be fun if:

1) you genuinely enjoy reading fast-paced heist urban fantasy.
Who doesn’t enjoy campy fantasy sometimes? Okay, yeah, maybe I nee
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst is a young adult fantasy read that is a standalone story. The author described her idea for this one as wanting to write Ocean's Eleven with Were-dragons so of course this odd description definitely got my curiosity aroused. It's safe to say when done too this doesn't really remind me of anything I've read before which for me is a good thing. 

Sky Hawkin is a teenage Wyvern, a human with the ability to shift into a dragon, although the Wyvern here on Earth have
Book Roast
Whilst this scored 3 stars on CAWPILE, I had such a brilliant time with it. This was such a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed it. The family aspect was by far my favourite.
Definitely not one of the heavy fantasies, that leave a mark afterwards (at least for me) but it's absolutely perfect for a fun break from heavy high fantasy tomes.
Well, that was hella disappointing.

So, I like heists. heist movies are amazing. Heist books are even better. And to me, no heist will ever top the one from Six of Crows. That has forever been cemented as the gold standard for heist story.

Sadly, this book didn't even come close to getting on that level of awesome.

The synopsis sounded amazing. A magical heist and dragons! If that's not a winning combo I don't know what is! I went into this expecting to be extremely entertained and fall in love wit
Fafa's Book Corner
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Trauma regarding absent parent, mention of murder, blackmailing, imprisonment, mention of blood, abusive parent, and physical violence.

Sky Hawkin's used to have it all. The perfect family, friends, and boyfriend. Until her mother disappeared. Now shunned by the wyvern society, Sky's family is dealing with the aftermath regarding her mother. Her father doesn't smile anymore. Her brothers ignore her. And the Hawkin's fami
Ardent Reader
The book started really well but half away through, this became somewhat naive. The story was fast paced and there's a lack in action with the other characters apart from the main character. Plus, the characters were seemed to be predictable and that lost some of the interest with the story.
Jacob Proffitt
I venture into YA when I'm in the right mood. But sometimes, I find myself almost in the right mood and whether I fall in or not will be determined by the book I pick up. With this book, it sucked me in and never let go. Sky is engaging right from the start and the alternate world fantasy setup was just present enough to be interesting and the story has great pacing and all the right details.

And now I find myself without much more to say. The cover copy gives you enough to know what you're getti
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I had really high hopes for this one, because the blurb makes it sound like it’s Heist Society with dragons. Sadly, that is not the case, and not just because there was a distinct lack of hot blond billionaire.

16-year-old Sky Hawkins and her family are wyverns. Originally descended from dragons, they can’t actually transform anymore, but they can still breathe fire. And they still LOVE their gold. In the wyvern community, leading your first heist to steal something is a huge coming-of-age ritual
Sherwood Smith
When I saw a mention that Durst had gotten the idea of writing a story that combined Ocean's 11 and wyverns, I couldn't sign up fast enough.

And what fun it was!

Sixteen-year-old Sky Hawkin is a normal teenager emotions-wise--her grief is quite real at the beginning, in which we learn that her beloved and feisty mother vanished, her family has been disgraced, her friends unfriended her with prejudice, and most hurtful at all, her boyfriend, who'd been her bestie since they were three, publicly dum
Yes it was a two stars for me even if I had fun reading it at some point. The main characters was funny at the beginning. But well that didn't last for me...

I'm not a contemporary person and I know it has fantasy elements but not much. So first that was bothering me a bit because I was a bit annoyed by all the story.

Second the writing style is not what I'm used to read. It is really simple, like really simple.

Third point, the family aspect of the story was interesting. Because there was a famil
Vicky Again
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Can I just say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel? And by very pleasantly surprised I mean I was absolutely blown away by this!

I just . . . did not expect this to be that great? Right from chapter 1 I was hit with something akin to awe.

Because the voice in this book is so stellar. I still can't properly describe it, but know that I am IN LOVE with how genuine the voice sounds and how Sky felt so teenage and real and interesting.

Straight from the beginning, Sky felt super
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through this book takes a turn that I just was NOT expecting, and frankly I loved it!

I loved that she doesn't send us through endless scenes of training for the heist, or over explain the world . . . it just is. They know their parts, this is the world they live in. A fast-paced, standalone, full of heart and humor.

I wanted a couple of people to have a bit more of a reckoning, but ah well. If I were a dragon I would probably solve a LOT of my problems by eating people, which is why it's
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Not My Cup of Tea.

Read as part of Fairyloot Readalong.

This was a DNF for me.

It was the writing style I couldn't get along with, and it's a shame as I was actually really looking forward to Fire & Heist. It's similar to the writing style of The Selection.

I gave it a valiant effort I think, but as I approached the half way point I just couldn't bring myself to pick it up again.
beth ✨
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
this was a pretty good book, it just wasn’t for me ☹️
You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

This book took two of my favorite things to read about, heists and a fantasy world, and put them in the same novel. I had pretty low expectations for this book, but it was actually really cool. Wyverns, or dragon shifters, were a really fun fantasy species to read about. They all steal and have a horde of treasures, so theft is part of the culture and looked upon highly if properly pulled off without getting caught.

 The ch
Dragons?? Heists?? AND THAT COVER?!

At this point, I'll read anything Sarah Beth Durst writes. This is gonna be amazing.

And I also wanna know who the hell is rating this book before it's even come out?? Why?? Would you do this?? It's pissing me off and it needs to stop.
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As a wyvern (think were-dragon), leading your first heist is a big deal - bigger than taking your first step and saying your first word. It's your first chance to really gain power and acceptance within your family and community. However, leading a life of crime isn't easy, and Sky learns the truth about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

It's not arrogant to know who you are.
It's powerful.
And I am powerful.

Oh my gosh, this book was SO fun! I found Durst's prose to be quirky and engaging - I laughed out loud more than once. I absolutely loved the concept, it was fantastic! MAGIC. HEISTS. WERE. DRAGONS. Yes, that's right. Weredragons!! How awesome is that?! I also loved that they were thieves of gold and hoarders of treasure by nature.

I absolutely loved the sense of family that this book had going on. Sky had a close relat
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
Ahh, what fun.

This review and others like it can be found on my blog, Vicariously & Voraciously

ARC Received from Netgalley for a fair review.

Sky Hawkins is a wyvern - a human that can change into a dragon and her life has been turned completely upside down. Her mom has gone missing, her boyfriend has dumped her, and her family has been shunned from the wyvern community. Leading her first heist just might set everything straight and lead her to where her mother is. Through her planning and execution Sky unrave
Sara (marvelousbibliophile)
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Fire & Heist isn’t a book I would have picked up on my own but it was the December Fairyloot book and I decided I would read it for the Fairyloot read-a-long, I’m glad I did because it was a really fun read. Fire & Heist is a Young Adult Fantasy standalone about wyverns and heists, it’s full of action and humor. It wasn’t perfect or the most well written book but it was a fun, refreshing read.

Sky is such a fun, confident young woman tryi
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, fire and heist had potential. I was so pumped to dive into this review but for the first half - I was so freaking bored. I wasn’t connecting to any of characters and I also didn’t care one bit about the drama either. Thankfully, it started to pick up after halfway through the book. Unfortunately, it was a little too late.

In this book, you will meet Sky. She’s a wyvern, which is basically a dragon shifter. Sky was an
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
DNF @ like 10% - if you enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst's other novel, Drink, Slay, Love, you'll likely enjoy this one. Stylistically, this sort of light, colloquial take on fantasy should work for me, but I can't take it seriously. I didn't find the characters or world interesting, and the narrative reads like it's trying a bit too hard. Just not for me.

Maybe would have finished it if were-dragons had been werewolf/dragons rather than humans that turn into dragons...
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This was one of my very favorite books of the year, and my favorite YA fantasy in a very long time. It's just so exhilaratingly fun, with fabulous characters & family dynamics, real emotions, AND a fantastic set of heists performed by were-dragons (with a wonderful were-dragon heroine as the narrator)! There was such a feeling of heart and joy and delight in every page of this story. I loved every bit of it! ...more
A really cute stand alone YA fantasy, this is one you won’t want to miss. It’s got action, dragons, a hint of romance, and great characters.

Sky is a wyvern and her mother is missing. Having three older brothers, Sky is used to fending for herself. She takes it on her own to lead her first heist, and plans on using what she steals as leverage for info on her mom. Little does she know the secrets and conspiracies she’s about to unravel.

The highlight of this book is the relationship between Sky a
Natalie ♡
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was in my first ever fairyloot and first I was kinda scared, because what if I don't like it? Then I started it on Saturday night, because I wanted to read something light and fun. It also has only 300 pages and I could finish it in 1-2 days, so that's what I did. :)

When I started it I only knew that it's about were-dragons and heist (I didn't want/need to know more). And now I think about it and it was just all I wanted. I escaped in this world and had an adventure.

This book also ha
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In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone… It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon. With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then
Vaiomo ♡
It was alright. I liked certain events and such but the main character was just so obnoxiously annoying :c really ruined the book in my opinion.
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of over twenty fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including Spark, Drink Slay Love, and The Queens of Renthia series. She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dra ...more

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